Visiting Cards

Visiting cards, or business cards, are essential for business travelers. The meishi are exchanged in small ceremonies whereby the parties bow and present their cards with both hands to each other (if you’re in a business situation, watch your hosts for guidance) — the recipient of the card should be able to read the information while you’re presenting the card, so take care to ensure that the printed information is facing in the correct direction. The concierge at your hotel will be able to help those who don’t have cards of their own (or, if you have the available resources, you can save quite a bit of money by printing up the cards on your own before leaving home — I priced the cards at about 100 for $100).